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All Freetime, All the Time

Before baby number one was born, I decided that I didn’t want to spend thousands of dollars on disposables, so I informed my husband that cloth diapers were the way to go (for our budget and for the environment, too, of course). I did hours of online research on cloth diapering (I’m a librarian, after all), attended a class at a local retailer to see all of the varieties in person, and took the advice of other CDers (see, I learned the lingo!) to try lots of different kinds before settling on just one. I chose a few to try and added them to my baby registry. And once baby arrived, try them I did – from prefolds to pockets and everything in between. I had never imagined just how much fun it would be to outfit my baby’s bum!

I settled on mostly a mix of one-size pockets, a lot of bumGenius 3.0s and 4.0s with a few others (Fuzzibunz, Rumparooz, Kawaii, Thirsties, Charlie Banana) thrown in for good measure (and their cute prints). I was happy with my pockets and liked the flexibility of being able to double-stuff… and even replace all the inserts pretty cheaply when my front-loader did a number on my microfiber (and I hadn’t yet discovered the wonders of Tide). However, when baby number two came along, with potty training for number one still a distant dream, I began to dread the daily stuffing of the pockets. It used to be something I didn’t mind doing while I sat in front of the TV at night, but that was when I only had to wash diapers once every two or three days, not every day…and before I started nursing a case of thumb tendinitis – what they cheerfully call “mommy thumb.” Soon I decided I had had enough. I was so over the stuffing. I wanted a diaper that I could use on both of my boys, no stuffing required. So I turned to the one-size All-in-One.

Again, I tried just about all of the major brands of AIOs — Swaddlebees, Thirsties, Tots Bots, GroVias –and I liked certain things about each of them, but it wasn’t until I met the bumGenius Freetime that I fell in love. It fastened with all the familiarity of my previously-loved 4.0s, came in all the same colors and my all-time favorite print, Albert, and yet it needed no stuffing. Even Daddy and Grandma could handle it. And just a couple of hemp inserts tucked under the flaps turned it into a worthy nighttime diaper. Best of all, right now both of my boys – my skinny 2 ½-year-old and my chunky one-year-old – are on the same rise! I began to sell off all of my other kinds of diapers and replace them with the Freetime… and now I am all Freetime, all the time!

Laurie is a children’s librarian-turned-SAHM who keeps her storytime skills fresh by reading to her two boys. She and her family live in Michigan, where they use cloth diapers, cloth napkins, unpaper towels…and Cottonelle.

One comment:

  1. Leslye said...

    I am pretty new to cloth diapering. I am so glad to have found your blog. I have 5 kids and wasn't brave enough to try out cloth until this last one was born. I really love it. I have been cloth diapering for almost 7 months now and things are going great. Blessings!

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